Baseball ACCtion: Friday, April 30

April 30, 2010

Buchanan Fans Career-High 13 in Victory Over Georgia Tech

RALEIGH, N.C. - Jake Buchanan struck out a career-high 13 batters and the bottom third of the order combined to go 6-for-11 with three RBIs to lead the Wolfpack to a 6-5 victory over the sixth-ranked Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Friday night at Doak Field at Dail Park.

Buchanan became the third NC State pitcher in the last three seasons strike out 12 in a game, tying Clayton Schunick and Eric Surkamp's efforts in 2008. Buchanan is only the fourth Wolfpack pitcher in the last four years to have 10 or more strikeouts in a game. The last pitcher to strike out more than 13 in a game was Vern Sterry, who struck out 14 against Princeton on March 16, 2003.

NC State improved to 27-17 and 10-12 in the ACC with the win. The Yellow Jackets fell to 35-8 and 16-6. Buchanan improved to 5-4, pitching 7 2/3 innings and allowed five runs, three of them earned, on six hits. He had just one walk to go with his 13 strikeouts. Deck McGuire gets the loss and drops to 5-3 after giving up 10 hits and 5 runs. Grant Sasser pitched 1 1/3 innings and earned his third save for the year.

Hultzen Fires Complete-Game Gem in No. 1 Cavaliers' 12-3 Win at Duke

DURHAM, N.C. - Danny Hultzen (So., Bethesda, Md.) tossed Virginia's first complete game in more than two years in leading the No. 1-ranked Cavalier baseball team to a 12-3 win over Duke Friday evening at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, N.C.

Hultzen tied a career high by striking out 13 batters and retired 21 of the final 22 hitters that he faced. He allowed three runs (two earned) and four hits and did not walk a batter. It marked Virginia's first complete game since Pat McAnaney pitched eight innings in a complete-game loss at Miami on April 25, 2008. It was the first nine-inning complete game since McAnaney went the distance against Virginia Tech on March 29, 2008.

Keith Werman (So., Vienna, Va.) tied a career high with four hits as Virginia piled up 16 hits in the contest. Tyler Cannon (Sr., Pigeon Forge, Tenn.) and John Hicks (So., Sandy Hook, Va.) each had a pair of hits and drove in three. Eight of the nine Virginia starters had at least one hit, while six recorded two or more.

No. 18 Hokies Snap BC's Nine-Game Winning Streak

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Justin Wright allowed just one run over 6.1 innings on the mound, and designated hitter Matt Blow tied a career-high with three RBIs, as No. 18 Virginia Tech opened an important three-game Atlantic Coast Conference baseball series against Boston College with a 9-4 victory at English Field on Friday.

The win improved the Hokies to 30-14 on the season and 12-10 in ACC play, which equaled their ACC win total from last year with eight conference games still to play. The loss snapped a nine-game winning streak for BC, which fell to 24-18 overall and 12-10 in league play.

Wright picked up his fifth win of the season against three losses. The junior lefty allowed just three hits over his first six innings of work. Overall, he struck out nine batters and did not issue a walk, though he hit four batters. Boston College starter Mike Dennhardt (3-6) took the loss.

Hernandez Pitches No. 11 Miami Past Maryland, 5-1

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Junior left-hander Chris Hernandez allowed just one run in seven innings of work and Nathan Melendres and Frankie Ratcliff each homered as No. 11 Miami defeated Maryland, 5-1, Friday night in the series opener at Alex Rodriguez Park.

Miami improved to 32-11 overall and 16-6 in Atlantic Coast Conference play, winning its ninth straight ACC home game and its 12th straight home game overall. The Terrapins fell to 15-31 overall and 4-18 in league play with the loss.

Hernandez (6-2) scattered eight hits while walking one and striking out four to earn the win. Taylor Wulf tossed a scoreless eighth in relief of Hernandez, before Daniel Miranda came on to toss a scoreless ninth.

Ratcliff finished 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored while Scott Lawson also went 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Maryland starter Brett Harman (4-7) suffered the loss, allowing four runs on eight hits while walking three and striking out 10 in 6 1/3 innings. Four Terrapins finished with multiple hits, including Gary Schneider who drove in Matthew Murakami on a RBI single in the fourth to score the first run of the game.